The nastiest celebrity custody battle to go down in the past year is far from over, despite a ruling already being handed down by a Georgia judge. In what was a surprise ending to many, singer Usher was awarded primary custody of his sons with ex-wife Tameka Raymond late last month, and almost instantaneously Tameka announced plans to file an appeal. From her perspective, money bought the custody ruling, specifically the $1,278 Usher’s lawyer raised for the presiding Judge Lane in March 2008, but despite the obvious conflict of interest, Usher is doing everything to deflect any suggestion of shady business.
In response to papers Tameka filed asking for a retrial, Usher filed his own documents asking the court to deny Tameka’s request as her motion is “an assault on the integrity of the court.” As TMZ put it:
According to the docs, Usher believes Tameka is delusional, claiming if she were granted a new trial, it would be grounds for a reversal of ALL trials where a lawyer had contributed to a judge’s campaign.
Usher claims the motion “constitutes a continuum of [Tameka's] vile and unsupported claims that every person who dared testify against her … is biased and tainted.”
On Twitter, Tameka has only been sending out positive messages over the past few days, perhaps masking some of the crazy she displayed before. I’m not sure this can help her much at this point though. At one point in the trial, Usher’s legal team entered testimony from a psychologist who said he believes Tameka suffers from a moderate-to-severe mental disorder and considering how difficult it is for a father to gain custody of children from their mother, a retrial, even with a different judge, may not result in a different outcome.
Do you think Tameka deserves a retrial?
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